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Jr. Raiders recap – 9/28 issue

Greater NJ AYF Raritan Division

Hillsborough Varsity Gold (Burke) vs. Phillipsburg Varsity Gold: Won 28-6

Hillsborough JV Gold (Minetti) vs. Hunterdon Central JV Gold: Won 13-6

Greater NJ AYF Delaware Division

Hillsborough Varsity White (Shelton) vs. Montclair 12U: Won 18-7

The Varsity White Raiders traveled to Montclair on Sunday and came away with an 18-7 victory. Cole Thornton ran for one touchdown and caught another one from Ryan Laties, both in the first quarter, as the Raiders jumped out to an early 12-0 lead. The defense played flawless football in the first half, holding Montclair to just a few yards from scrimmage and forcing a couple of turnovers. Raiders QB Ryan Laties played his best game of the season, throwing for a touchdown and completing several passes for important first downs.

Daniel Remarkawicz was excellent from his defensive end position. Dan was consistently causing chaos in the Montclair backfield, racking up several tackles for loss and forcing the running backs to change direction and run right into the rest of the Raiders defense. The Raiders secondary were also on their game. Dan Allen made some hard hitting tackles from his safety position. Anthony Hatz and Isaiah Warner kept Montclair’s passing game quiet for most of the game. Boczon had an interception that stopped a Montclair drive and Shelton made several solid tackles from his cornerback position including a touchdown saving one in the second half.

The linebacker group of Nick Koll, Drew Scholma and Shane Powell were all over the field and the defensive line of Jack Miller, Jack Myers, James Barone, Jayden Wacaster, Ryan Vladyka, Nick Deluca and defensive end Thornton played hard the whole game.

The White Raiders have a bye next week and will have two weeks to get ready for an important conference game against an undefeated Ridge team.

Hillsborough JV Red (McLain) vs. Pope John JV Red: Lost 6-25

JV Red came out Saturday morning ready to continue their winning ways as they hosted a talented Pope John team.

The JV Red defense played hard and made it difficult for the opponent to rush up the middle. Matt Miller played lights out defense as he had four solo tackles – three for losses in the backfield. Liam Roarty had a solid day at defensive end as he had two tackles in the backfield for losses. At linebacker, Jayden Rodriguez emerged on the scene with a monster effort of six solo tackles. On the other side, linebacker Ryan Harris had another quality defensive performance with five tackles, one as he tracked down a runner to save a touchdown. On the outside, cornerback Zach Iannucci shut down the edges as he accounted for five tackles, two of which saved potential touchdown runs down the sideline. Nick Britanak also contributed on defense, with two tough tackles at cornerback.

Despite the effort on defense, Pope John took advantage of mistakes and were able to move the ball down the field, chew up the clock, and score before halftime. The Jr. Raiders would find themselves in a hole at the half, down 18-6.

The game was actually a lot closer than the score would indicate, but in the end, the opponent was able to take advantage when it meant the most, the final score 25-6.

JV Red will try to get back on a winning track next week as they host Montclair.

Hillsborough Pee Wee Red (Albert) Bye

Hillsborough Pee Wee White (Ughetta) vs. Pope John 9U Red: Lost 0-7

The Hillsborough Jr, Raiders 9U white team won a hard fought battle against Hunterdon Central by the score of 12-6. Tough defense, led by Michael Haines, Ashton Goldberg, Nikko Gaeta, Cole Dockhorn and Dylan Clerico held the Jr. Devils to four first downs and forced three turnovers. Fumbles were recovered by Haines and Jeff Progin, while Mason Ughetta intercepted a Jr. Devil pass.

The offense was led by Ughetta, who had touchdown runs of 65 and 25 yards. Great blocking was provided by David Gubatosa, Dante Mayo, Andrew Shrewsbury, Brad Thomas and Aiden McKenna. Justin Amato gained tough yards inside, while Mike Ajujo, Shawn Abline and Logan Jankowicz helped the Jr Raiders rush for over 225 yards.


Hillsborough Flag Chiefs (Lewis) vs. SBU Bengals

The Chiefs were able to bounce back after last week’s loss and beat the Bengals 19-13. Each player contributed to the win as everyone gave their maximum effort throughout the game. The offense was led by James Davis who ran for 134 yards and three touchdowns. Kevin Van Cleef contributed with 21 yards on two carries and Dylan Araujo had 32 yards on two carries. On defense, Marley Norin again led the way as he intercepted a pass and had two flag pulls.

Hillsborough Flag Chargers (Cebula) vs. Hillsborough Flag Jets (Abline)

The Chargers played their hearts out and left everything on the field. After giving up an early score, the defense finally settled in. We attempted multiple pass plays, and continued to make some nice runs. We look forward to our next game. We continue to play as a team—hats off to all of the boys—Jordan, Matt, Joe, Max, Jake, Dylan, Luke, Brody, John, Kevin, Jay and Aedan

Hillsborough Flag Raiders (Zagari) vs. Hillsborough Flag Chargers (Cebula)

The Raiders and Chargers went up and down the field on a beautiful, Wednesday night. The effort of both teams lit up the field while the players played an exciting game under the bright lights. The Raiders started off the game on defense and made some great stops in the backfield. Patrick Murphy used his super speed to set the edge on the defensive line. Patrick ran the ball well scoring a couple of touchdowns blazing down the sideline. Alexander Christiansen used great footwork and determination to block and set the edge for the long runs. Alex was also a force on defense. Collin Tucker scored a touchdown while racing down the sideline. Collin showed his football IQ by being in the right spot on defense and taking good angles to the ball. Overall, it was a remarkable team effort that the Raiders should be proud of. The Raiders are on a bye this Saturday and will practice, as they look forward to the next game.


Another great weekend of games for the Coed flag football league. Many of the kids have the opportunity to play quarterback and receiver. Throughout the coming weeks stay tuned as we update you on the weekly results of the league. There is still plenty of time to sign up to play in this fun Sunday morning coed football league.

Jr Raiders Field Hockey

Little Stix Maroon (2-4) (DiGanci) vs. North Hunterdon: Tie 1-1

Little Stix Maroon had a very exciting game today against North Hunterdon at Finn Park in Pittstown. The game ended in a tie and everyone was on their toes as the two evenly matched teams battled it out.

North Hunterdon took a 1-0 lead in the second period and Maroon responded minutes later with a goal of their own. Jane cut to the net and scored to tie the game on an assist from Taelyn who was playing center. Sabrina, Zeia, and Brianna managed quite a few corners. We were also able to have four girls take their chance at playing defense where we had several saves. Overall, the girls played very aggressively and we had a lot of enthusiastic players wanting to get back into the game.

We are looking forward to next Sunday vs. Lebanon and hope to have a few more practices under our belt so the girls can continue to apply those skills.

Little Stix Gold (2-4) (Vogt) vs. Branchburg: Won 4-0

It was cool and gray fall-like Sunday afternoon at White Oak Park in Branchburg. The Little Stix Gold took on the orange clad Branchburg squad.

From the opening faceoff, the Gold was in control. Eleanor Enna scored the opening goal in the first quarter. This was her first match of the year, and her tenacious ball pursuit was infectious as the team feed off her aggressiveness and never looked back. Sylee Damle netted the second goal off a well-executed corner. This was a coach’s dream as the players performed all three phases of the play correctly. Alexa Gaspar once again showed her speed and power skills to make the game 3-0 for the Gold. Once the ball was in the circle, Alexa made sure it was in the back of the net. Bella Ruh rounded out the scoring with a half-field-length streak down the center, showing very nice ball control and the ability to finish with a strong shot once in the circle.

The Gold was in full power down mode, allowing our defense to hold the shutout, no small task. Samantha Dandy, Bailee Wolfe and Megan Vogt stick tackled and swept out the multiple second half chances mounted by the team in orange. There were four defensive corners executed perfectly as well. The game was never in doubt thanks to the defensive core.

Olivia Kay and Brielle Emmich showed very solid play in the wing areas on this day. Both were called upon frequently to advance the ball forward, make good passes into midfield and circle area and defend the one-v-one situations as they occurred. The improvement in confidence from game one to game two was notable. Also, the understanding of the game play in the wing area was evident.

The Gold next play at Lebanon on Sunday, September 30 at 1:30 p.m.

Junior Stix Maroon (5/6) (Redziniak) vs. Wilson: Lost 4-5

On a cool Sunday afternoon in Pennsylvania, Team Maroon took our challenge of improving from last week and made it a reality this week.

With over 18 shots on goal, four shots made it into the goal. Our first goal was made by Madelynn Taras and assisted by Evelyn Reese who also scored our second goal. The third goal was made by Hannah Herterich assisted by Kiara Jones who also assisted the last goal made by Madelynn. This could not have happened without the midfielders Vandana Iyer, Rebekah Redlich, and Isha Swaminathan who stepped it up this week by keeping the ball down in the offensive circle to make our goals happen. Finally, with the help of Laura Weintraub, we need to give mad props to our goalie, Devin Redziniak, who had 14 shots on goal, saving nine of them.

Although it was a loss, they played their hearts out today, giving 100 percent, to the team. We are looking forward to our first home game next week and can’t wait to see what the girls will do.

Junior Stix Gold (5/6) (Citatella) vs. Wilson 5/6: Won 3-2

Team Gold played their most intense game yet this season to stay undefeated at 3-0! The game started off with heated defense on each side. The first quarter being 0-0. Leading Team Gold this week defensively was Natalia Simcak and Shannon Rice, working hard to cause the opposing team to turn the ball over and move the ball up the field.

Late in the second quarter, Addison Harkon scored off a brilliant pass from Hanna Bianchino. Addison then rushed the goalie to score another goal quickly to lead the team 2-0. Early in the third, Hannah Bianchino sailed one into the corner from the top of the circle to make it 3-0. Late in the fourth, Goalie Keira Krichowy defended the goal brilliantly. The two goals scored late in the fourth by Wilson were the only goals getting past Keira this season! Great game to bring Team Gold another win, 3-2 over Wilson.

Junior Stix White (5/6) (Minakas) vs. Northampton: Won 2-0

The Jr Stix White team turned in another excellent performance at home on Sunday with a 2-0 win against Northampton. Goaltender Kaylin Agaman posted the shutout with strong defense in front of her from Miranda Trevino and Maia Minakas.

For the second week in a row, the White team applied great pressure throughout the game. Kaylee D’Avanzo, Jianna Seale and Isabella Franks kept the opposing defense busy while Demiana Moleski, Lindsey Buisson and Zaina Ahmed controlled the midfield.

Mackenzie Smith opened the scoring with her third goal of the season. Maia Minakas sealed the win with her first goal of the season.

Jr Stix White closes out September at home next week against Palmer 56-2.

Junior Stix Grey (5/6) (Romano, Freeman, Hand) vs. Northampton 5/6-2: Won 3-1

Hillsborough Junior Stix Grey 5/6 field hockey team won their first game of the season, a 3-1 victory against Northampton. The Grey girls got off to a slow start again, but got a much needed burst of energy when Meghan Radler entered the game in the 13th minute. Shortly thereafter, Sara Thompson scored her second goal of the season, and the Grey girls went on to win in front of another strong effort from goalkeeper Kaylin

Agaman (who played in two straight games on Saturday). Paige Romano scored her first goal of the season, and Thompson added another goal late to finish the scoring. The Grey midfield played really well, making sure that most of the second half was played on the Northampton side of the field. Team Grey’s next game is away at Wilson 5/6-2. Make sure to support our girls!

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